Nearly 7600 participants in Tartu MTB Marathon’s weekend, Latvians on the highest places
Photo: Ardo Säks
4689 cyclists participated in the three distances of the 20th Tartu Rattamaraton, the 3rd biggest of it’s kind in the World.
The event was held in South-Estonia. The tracks of 89, 40 and 21 km run between Estonian winter capital Otepää and small town Elva. Yesterday, on the 23rd of September, more than 2900 children took part in the children’s races of the marathon held in Tartu, the second biggest town in Estonia. The children’s events were also the opening events of the European Week of Sport.
The two highest podium places of the 89 km distance today were taken by Latvians. The winner was Martins Blums with a time of 2.34.59 and the second place belonged to Andzs Flaksis. Caspar Austa from Estonia was the third to cross the finish line.
Three riders made a breakaway from the main group already 20 kilometres from the start: Flaksis, Blums and Sven-Erik Ottender from Estonia. On the 51st kilometre Ottender could not follow them any more and the winner of the marathon was decided between Latvians. Flaksis and Blums came together towards the finish line, but Blums was the stronger sprinter today. „Already before the race we had a plan to get away from others. We managed this and when we got close to the finish, I knew I had an advantage,“ Blums commented his first place.
The best woman today was also from Latvia, Katrina Jaunslaviete, who was followed by Estonians Greete Steinburg (+3.17) and Liisa Ehrberg (+8.02).
Also, Astana’s pro-cyclist Tanel Kangert made his first ride today after he had a big fall in Giro d´Italia this spring. „The aim today was not to ride for the highest places. The aim was to make sure that my arm is strong enough to compete again,“ Kangert commented his 37th place in the finish protocol.